February 2, 2013

Citizens of the Week: Teresa Smith’s fifth-grade class at Park Creek School

When students who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Conn., returned to school in January, they had thousands of snowflakes from children all over the world decorating their new halls.

The snowflake project was intended to help brighten the students’ days and let them know they were cared for. Through a mention from special education teacher Rita Rehberg, a Park Creek School employee who heard about the project through a friend in Duluth, the Dalton elementary school decided to get involved.

Unfortunately, because the snowflake project received such an overwhelming response that organizers had to stop accepting the gifts, the Sandy Hook students never got the snowflakes from Park Creek. But Park Creek students in Teresa Smith’s fifth-grade class did send handwritten letters to let the students there know the students here were thinking about them.

Smith also wrote a poem after the tragedy and shared it with her students.

Many of the students, most of whom are 10 and 11 years old, said they were sad for what the children in Connecticut were still having to endure, and they are praying for them.

For their acts of kindness, The Daily Citizen names the students in Teresa Smith’s class Citizens of the Week.

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